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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Biennial  \Bi*en"ni*al\,  n. 
  1.  Something  which  takes  place  or  appears  once  in  two  years; 
  esp.  a  biennial  examination. 
 
  2.  (Bot.)  A  plant  which  exists  or  lasts  for  two  years. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Biennial  \Bi*en"ni*al\,  a.  [L.  biennalis  and  biennis,  fr 
  biennium  a  space  of  two  years;  bis  twice  +  annus  year.  Cf 
  {Annual}.] 
  1.  Happening,  or  taking  place  once  in  two  years;  as  a 
  biennial  election. 
 
  2.  (Bot.)  Continuing  for  two  years,  and  then  perishing,  as 
  plants  which  form  roots  and  leaves  the  first  year,  and 
  produce  fruit  the  second 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  biennial 
  adj  1:  occurring  every  second  year;  "they  met  at  biennial 
  conventions"  [syn:  {biyearly}] 
  2:  (botany)  having  a  life  cycle  lasting  two  seasons;  "a 
  biennial  life  cycle";  "parsnips  and  carrots  are  biennial 
  plants  often  grown  as  annuals"  [syn:  {two-year}]  [ant:  {perennial}, 
  {annual}] 
  n  :  a  plant  having  a  life  cycle  that  normally  takes  two  seasons 
  from  germination  to  death  to  complete;  flowering 
  biennials  usually  bloom  and  fruit  in  the  second  season 




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